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Clark Whitworth

Clark Whitworth

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

Location: Sandy, UT

Educational Background:

Bachelors, Accounting, Utah State University, 1982

Huntsman School Interactions:

Emeritus National Advisory Board Member 2017-2019

Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award - November 30, 2017
Leadership Forum Series Speaker - September 8, 2017

Biography:

Clark Whitworth is CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, where he leads a team of veteran executives and more than 11,000 employees in continuing the Group’s growth, strengthening its high-performance culture, and advancing its mission: to enrich lives. Reflecting more than 30 years of escalating leadership positions, Whitworth’s proven ability to discern opportunity, optimize resources and guide strategy is well-suited to his office with the diverse Miller organization, which under his stewardship has built capital and liquidity, streamlined operations and improved revenues and profitability.
Before his March 2015 appointment as CEO, Whitworth served for 21 years as CFO of several of the Group’s primary revenue-generating business lines, including finance, insurance and automotive. As a result of initiatives taken during his tenure, operating margins saw significant gains, 45 dealerships were added, annual vehicle sales increased six-fold to more than 100,000 units, and the Millers emerged as the nation’s tenth-largest auto retailer. Whitworth has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in financing and has served for decades as a constant and trusted advisor to Group ownership. His 22 years of daily work with founder Larry H. Miller earned Whitworth unrivaled institutional knowledge and honed his entrepreneurial acumen.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah State University, Whitworth began his career by auditing bank clients for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (today KPMG) and later for Deloitte & Touche. His introduction to the auto industry came when he was hired as controller for a large Utah dealership, for which he established a reinsurance entity and managed two acquisitions. It was at this time that Whitworth became acquainted with Mr. Miller, who, in 1987, invited him to assess an intricate acquisition opportunity, a trial engagement that set the course of Whitworth’s career.
Whitworth is regarded by his peers as an inclusive leader of insight, integrity, loyalty, and consistency. He is also a sought-out expert on a wide array of complex business subjects and has taught turnarounds at the MBA level as a University of Utah adjunct professor. As the father of five and grandfather to eight, Whitworth is enthusiastically committed to the welfare and development of young people, supporting Scouting in a variety of capacities and serving on the boards of youth-oriented Voices for Virtue and Larry H. Miller Charities.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

Alumni Awards: 2017 Distinguished Executive Alumnus (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Winter 2018)

Videos:

Focused Fridays Leadership Forum, Larry H. Miller Leadership Power Panel 9-8-17